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What is mental health?

Dealing with depression

Get the facts
Dealing with depression

If you feel sad for weeks on end, find yourself low on energy or motivation, or no longer enjoy doing things that used to interest you, you might be experiencing depression. It’s not necessarily about feeling sad.

Depression is often a numb feeling rather than sadness. Often, it’s not something you can control or just get over like having a bad day.

There is no simple answer for why depression happens. For some, a mix of events or issues can end up affecting how they feel, think and act. For others, there is no clear reason and it can be bloody confusing!

Symptoms to look out for

Depression can be different for everyone, but there are some common signs and symptoms:

Changes to feelings or emotions

  • Feeling unhappy, moody and irritable/snappy for more than two weeks. Some people also have feelings of emptiness or numbness
  • No longer enjoying things that used to be enjoyable
  • Feeling worthless or guilty a lot of the time
  • Feeling like everything has become ‘too hard’

Changes to thoughts

  • Negative thoughts about themselves, the world and the future
  • Having a hard time concentrating and making decisions, or remembering things
  • Having thoughts of death or suicide.

Physical changes

  • Feeling tired most of the time
  • Low energy and motivation
  • Having trouble sleeping (getting to sleep, staying asleep or waking up in the morning)
  • Loss of interest in food or eating too much, leading to weight loss or gain
  • Aches and pains that can’t be explained.

Think you might be experiencing depression?

If you are concerned about your mental health, you can take a free, online and anonymous depression self-test here:

https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/clinical-resources/depression/depression-self-test

What can I do to start LIVIN again?

It can be tough asking for help when you’re not feeling good, no doubt about it! The good news is that most people experiencing depression can get better with the right help. While some days may be better than others, with the right support you can get back to LIVIN again.

Getting help

If you or someone you know might be suffering depression, there’s a lot of help available. Some options include:

  • The first step is going to see your doctor; however, you can also contact beyondblue on 1300 224 636 for advice and support on next steps if going to see a doctor is not an option for you right now.
  • If you think you might act on any thoughts or plans to harm yourself, you can access crisis support 24/7 from Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.
  • If you have hurt yourself or need immediate support, call 000.

Tips and Tricks

There are simple things you can do to stay on top of your Mental Health. We have outlined some of our favourites in our LIVINWell Fact Sheet.

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